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Freestyle 27" Sears Roebuck Ted Williams ten speed

Old 07-09-20, 11:44 AM
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Freestyle 27" Sears Roebuck Ted Williams ten speed

Freestyle 27" Sears Roebuck Ted Williams ten speed. It says made in austria on the front head tube. The seat is italian, the rims french, frame is Austria?
It was given to me by a coworker. There's a bit of pitting on the front chromoly front forks and a bit on the rims which I cleaned up decently.

Trying to decide what to do with it... keep it vintage or make it a frankin rider, lol.
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it was manufactured in Graz, Austria by a firm called Steyr

when producing cycles under their own name the brands include Steyr, Puch, Austro-Daimler

the parts come from parts manufacturers

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Thanks for the quick reply, would it be considered an antique / vintage or just a garden variety throw away 10 speed? It seems like the parts are a grab bag from all over the place.
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Sears bicycles in general have little collector value, at least the road models such as this one

readers won't be able to give you detail information without pictures

if you do not have a way to make photos there is an online archive of Sears catalogues going back many decades

you could have a go at looking your bike up there...

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Thanks! The forum won't let me post a link to my google album because I'm new here.
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Does the bike have a reynolds 531 sticker?

Does it look like this?

531 Ted Williams Free Spirit (Puch)
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Same cranks, the rear derailer is a shimano tourney G5 (Japan), the rims are french chrome Rigada chromalux.
Mine is silver... thank god not that 70's pea green lol. The top tube has holes for the rear brakes to snake through.
It had leather screw on cages for the pedals. Seats different. Mine looks to be pretty original.

Where would the 531 sticker be?
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Thanks! The forum won't let me post a link to my google album because I'm new here.
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that is easily resolved

just change the t's in the http to x's or something and the post will get past the censor

then readers shall be able to see your bike when they unmunge the URL

the name sounds like a 1970's era model

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heres

hXXps://photos.app.goo.gl/akZa5sqgCRNbbo4WA
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Thank you Danielo,

good job with the detail pictures; these will help readers to help you

i find no image of the whole machine or even half of it; am i missing something?

clearly looks like we are in the early 1970's here
estimate it appears near to nineteen and seventy-four

you may discover date codes on the Shimano derailleurs and/or on the backside of the SR crank arms
if you discover any date codes they can be decoded here:
Date of Manufacture of Bicycle Components can be used to date a bike: component dating

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1Q...NQWXRDdS1GR3BR

the long number on the side of the machine's head tube is a stock number for Sears and not a serial number

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Old 07-09-20, 06:17 PM
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The Reynolds 531 label would be on the seat tube, or possibly the downtube. But looking at the steel rims, kickstand and cheap components, it's likely a hi-ten frame, not 531. The fork is, in all likelihood, not chrome-moly.

I have a similar bike in blue, with the same internal brake cable routing and some cool 1970-ish graphics. It's heavy and has cheap controls, but I got it on the cheap and don't really care about the value; to me it's a conversation piece, little nugget of the time.
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